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West Virginia worker killed in construction accident


For most residents in West Virginia, going to work full-time is necessary to meet basic financial needs. While this likely means going to a 9-5, Monday through Friday job, for others it might mean working long hours in an industry that entails facing several risks and dangers. During the warmer months, some residents may take on construction jobs. While these positions are necessary and beneficial for the community, construction workers face many dangers the average worker does not.

For example, according to recent reports, a West Virginia construction worker was killed on the job. Preliminary reports suggest that the 38-year-old man was working at a construction site in northern West Virginia when a ditch caved in on him.

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection stated that the worker was installing a water treatment system as part of a bond reclamation project at the time of the incident. The site was formally a Decondor Coal site located in Preston County. No other injuries or deaths were reported in the cave in, and the investigation is still ongoing for this fatal work accident. Once completed, the cause may be determined and the victim's family may try to impose liability.

A fatal work accident is likely to cause emotional and financial hardship for the victim's family members. It is important to consider what legal recourses are available. Workers' compensation benefits might be available, helping family members offset the financial burdens caused by medical bills and lost wages. Yet, the process of recovering these benefits is not always easy. A qualified attorney can help grieving family members understand their legal options and guide them through the process in order to help them recover the compensation or benefits they need and deserve.

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, "West Virginia worker killed in ditch cave-in identified," June 13, 2016

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